Google wants to help people distance themselves socially with a Maps feature that allows users to check how crowded local public transport is near them.
The tool uses artificial intelligence, historical location trends and information crowdsourced from Google Map users to predict how busy public transport will be. Overcrowding predictions will be available to more than 10,000 carriers in 100 countries.
With the help of local transport companies in New York and Sydney, Google is currently testing a feature that will allow users to see how full each transit vehicle is.
“It is no surprise that passenger numbers in transit plummeted in the early days of the pandemic. As people return to public transit – in the US, driving directions on maps are up 50% compared to last year – safety remains number one. That’s why we’re expanding Overcrowding forecasts for over 10,000 transport companies in 100 countries so you know if your line is likely to have a lot of vacancies, full capacity, or somewhere in between, ”said Eric Tholomé, Director of Product, Google Maps in a blog post. in which the new function is announced.
While the feature continues to rage during the coronavirus pandemic, Google said the feature can still help people avoid overcrowded trains and buses after the pandemic.
Google adds another feature that allows users to see their transportation trends over time.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in the US as the delta variant becomes more common. From July 20th the CDC reported a total of 46,318 new cases with a 7-day average of 37,673 cases. That’s an increase from June 20, which had a new daily total of 9,081 and a 7-day average of 11,470.
Social distancing has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic Recommended by public health authorities, especially for those who are not vaccinated.
According to CDC director Rochelle Walensky, the Delta variant accounts for 83% of all new COVID-19 cases. People who are not vaccinated are at increased risk for the virus. Walensky said COVID-19 is becoming a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” noting counties with higher vaccination rates outperform counties with lower scores.
Today, 68.4% of adults in the United States have at least one vaccination. 3.6 billion vaccine doses have been distributed worldwide, according to the World health organization. There have been more than 191 million cases worldwide since the pandemic began.
THE BIGGER TREND
Google has developed a number of new tools to help users find COVID-19 resources. Earlier this summer, the company revealed a digital COVID-19 vaccine card for the Play app on Android devices. The new technology enables users to save and view COVID-19 testing and vaccination information.
In January, Google added a feature to help users find COVID-19 vaccination sites in the US. The company later turned to India with a role to help people find testing centers, hospital resources, and vaccination sites.
In 2020 the company Mountain View joined. teamed up Apple has an exposure notification API to help with contact tracking.